Category: Count your blessings

Forward is a Pace - dealing with 2020

Forward is a Pace - dealing with 2020
To say that 2020 has been a crazy year is the understatement of the century. I am totally done with 2020 and it’s only May 4th. For nearly everyone, this year has been “unprecedented”.  In a deeply personal way, it has been quite unprecedented for my family and me, too. After a 12 year battle... Read more »

Thankful we averted a real-life disaster

Over the years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. Even though I put in the work of hosting each year, I love the food, the family and the football! Of course, it’s also the weekend we decorate for Christmas. For a couple of weeks now, I’ve seen people adding their Thankfulness posts on Facebook. It’s... Read more »

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me
Today I am officially 50 years old. FIFTY. I keep saying it to myself, hoping that I will eventually believe it. I know people who celebrate their birthdays in extravagant ways, or celebrate for more than one day. Growing up in a working class family, birthdays were celebrated, but it was a one day thing –... Read more »
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Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?
My husband does the shopping now that he’s retired, and I work full-time. We do most of our shopping at Aldi, but today was a Jewel run. In order for me to have a night off from cooking dinner, he “made dinner” and bought a fried chicken for $5.99. It’s normally, $6.99, but today is dollar-off... Read more »

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it
Parenting is tough. Anyone that does it day in and day out knows this. Temper tantrums, picky eating, homework, questionable decisions, time management, messy rooms, last minute forms, and bad attitudes permeate everything. Sometimes, I love being a parent; other times, not so much. The challenges can be overwhelming and draining. With faith as my... Read more »

People's appreciation for the beauty of classical music is dying

Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. That means at 9 pm we are given a topic to write about, and we have one hour to write, edit and publish. We are to write about something we find beautiful that we think others may not understand. My thoughts immediately went to classical music and how I... Read more »
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Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm. Our topic for tonight is: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.” I have several habits I would like... Read more »

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season
Perspective is everything – how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important. I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It’s no secret that I’m married to a police officer, too. These... Read more »

What my tomorrow looks like

Tomorrow is always just a breath away, but I know what my tomorrow looks like. I get to sleep in tomorrow. Blissful, restful sleep with no alarm clock to scream at me, “GET UP! GET UP!” Tomorrow is filled with food I can eat, but don’t have to cook. It will be very easy for... Read more »
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What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
First, ALS is an insidious disease that is finally getting the attention and donations it has needed for a long time. I’m glad this #ALSIceBucketChallenge is here raising awareness. For the longest time, I seemed to skate through all the videos and Facebook posts without being challenged to participate, until today. Today, my friend and... Read more »